While the idea of Fat Fritz as a self-taught chess AI is tantalizing, many players may wonder why this impacts them if they already have a good engine and they are not grandmasters seeking nearly ineffable edges in their preparation. In the following article, we let a strong amateur study with it for some hours and compare notes with analysis he had made from other engines. With the meteoric rise of usage of AI in chess, Fat Fritz is something undeniably useful for any professional chess player. Learning how to maximize its usage and reap benefits from it is definitely worth learning now than procrastinating it.
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Nihal Sarin is currently playing in the Anatoly Karpov Trophy 2019 which is taking place from the 25th of October to the 1st of November in Cap d'Agde, France. The tournament consists of two parts. It begins as an eight-player rapid double round-robin but after the completion of fourteen rounds the top four go on to play two-game knockout semi-finals and a final. Nihal is incidentally the last seed of the event with a rapid rating of just 2285. Obviously this figure doesn't reflect the true strength of the youngster as he has already displayed some very steady chess to emerge as one of the four leaders at the end of six rounds with 4.0/6 points. Etienne Bacrot, Hou Yifan, and Amin Bassem - all 2600+ rated strong rapid players - are others who share the lead with the same score. In this consolidated report on rounds one to six of the tournament we give you a comprehensive overview of Nihal's performance so far.
Indian chess witnesses two secret tournaments - Inter Petroleum and Inter Railway tournament. Why are they secret tournaments? Because both tournaments generally happen off the radar, only the players who participate in this tournament are aware of it and rest of the world are oblivious of its happenings. Since these are not rating tournaments, players can play tension-free, experiment as much as they want, but one thing they fight for is - bragging rights. Metro Railway has never fielded more than two members in their team, however for the first time ever, they had all four members and they won it. Here is a pictorial report of the tournament. Photo: Joydeep Dutta
The World Junior Championships officially came to an end on 26th of October 2019 when players from over 50 countries proceeded back to their home. Two new World Champions were crowned - Evgeny Shtembuliak in the open section and Polina Shuvalova in the girls section. The silver and the bronze medal in the open section went to Armenians Shant Sargsyan and Aram Hakobyan respectively. In the girls' section it was Mobina Alinasab from Iran who won the silver and Elizaveta Solozhenkina who won the bronze. We bring you all the pictures from the closing ceremony as well as photos of the 17 norm makers. We also take you to the moments of the final rounds where the six medals were decided. A huge report from New Delhi by Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal, Niklesh Jain and Angela Franco.
ChessBase 15 offers a lot of training tools. An effective and powerful training method is to work with interactive training tasks. Part 3 of our series with ChessBase tutorials shows how to create interactive training tasks, how to save them in training databases, and how to create work sheets with training tasks. As a trainer creating interactive tasks can help a player to boost their work rate as well as improve their strength. This is not just for trainers, but players can use it to their advantage too as it will help them identify patterns of various opponents, their strengths, weaknesses and trends as per the requirement.
Thirteenth seeded Priyanka Bhatt of Uttar Pradesh scored 7.0/9 and won the biggest Smart Girl All India open at Ernakulam, Kerala. Three other players also finished at the same score, due to a better tie-break score, Priyanka clinched the championship. Kerala's budding talent, multiple State champion and former Commonwealth under-10 Gold medalist, Anupam M Sreekumar scored an unbeaten 7.0/9 and she secured the runner-up position. Total ₹110000 prize fund was distributed among the prize winners, making it the biggest Smart All India open organized till date. Cognizance Chess Academy organized the tournament at Ernakulam, Kerala from 19th - 23rd October 2019. Photo: FA Subha Rakesh
The sole leaders in both open and girls section Shtembuliak and Shuvalova maintained their lead. While Shtembuliak has half a point lead, Shuvalova is very close to the title with a full one point gap over rest of the players. Round 10 was an exciting one as we saw plenty of high voltage action. Wang Shixu and Volodar Murzin achieved their maiden GM norms. We also bring to you a beautiful game played by 13-year-old Leon Mendonca - symphony on the chess board. Who are the ones with a chance of winning a medal at the World Juniors? We analyze the chances of the players and present them in this article.
The great Hungarian composer and Grandmaster György Bakcsi passed away on the 11th of this month at the age of 86. Bakcsi was a true creative giant who felt equally at home in many different genres of problem chess. Indeed, he also held the title of International judge for fields as varied as directmates, selfmates, helpmates, and even fairy problems! His multifaceted proficiency together with his disposition for sharp and paradoxical ideas made him one of the most loved composers of twentieth century. In this article we pay the deceased master our heartfelt tribute and discuss a few of his ever entertaining creations which will continue to be cherished for years to come.
The second edition of Thailand Pattaya Open 2019 was pawned off on 23rd October 2019. Four players - IM Haridas Pascua, GM Villamayor Buenaventura, IM Daniel Quizon and FM Naung Thet are in the lead at the conclusion of round 3. Top seed GM Saptarshi Roy was held to a draw by FM Thanadon Kulpruethanon in round 3. Total 261 players are taking part from 31 different countries in six different sections in this massive festival at Pattaya from 19th - 30th October 2019 at Bay Beach Resort. Photo: FM FT IA Peter Long
He read the Zurich Interzonal 1953 book written by Bronstein and Gelfand's positional decision making to improve his positional understanding. He goes to the gym and swimming everyday to keep himself physically fit. He is the sole leader in the open section with a score of 7.5/9 and has a performance rating of 2783! He is Evgeny Shtembuliak. She won the under-18 world championship 2019, she played her 20th consecutive game. She ensures that she goes to the gym every day morning, and she enjoys each and every moment she spends on the chess board. She has an Elo performance of 2585 and is leading the girls section at the World Juniors with 8.0/9. That's Polina Shuvalova for you! These two youngsters are unstoppable at the World Juniors 2019.
GM Marius Manolache of Romania scored 6.0/7 along with GM Jianu Vlad-Cristian and IM Anton Teodor. All three of them remained unbeaten. However due to a better tie-break score, Marius clinched the championship, Jianu and Anton had to settle for second and third position respectively. Champion Marius received 3300 Romanian Lei, a shining new trophy and a certificate. Total 109 players participated from Romania and Moldova including 3 GMs and 6 IMs. The four-day seven-round tournament was organized by CS Juvenes. Photo: CS Juvenes
Like every year, we are back with the Mega ChessBase India Diwali Sale! The sale lasts for 65 hours (can you guess why we kept it for that duration?!) and it starts from the 22nd of October at 8 p.m. to 25th of October until 1 p.m. With the number of products in the ChessBase India shop expanding, this is a golden opportunity for you to get your favourite chess software, books and accessories at a great discounted price! What's more, we are also sending free goodies like pens, magnets, notebooks, and toran. In this article we talk about our best selling products and at the same time give you the links of all the products in the ChessBase India shop. You can click on the link and add them in your bag!
Indonesian National Team consisting of their top ten players is coming to India for a friendly match from 28th to 31st of October 2019 in Chennai. The average rating of the Indonesian team is 2373.6, which means that its a very strong contingent. Six out of the ten Indian players have already confirmed their participation. However, there are still four spots left to be filled. If you are keen then you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will revert. This is a training match in rapid and blitz and is not FIDE rated. But it is an excellent opportunity to face strong opponents and also have the unique opportunity to be a part of this exciting match. Check this article for more details about venue, schedule, prize money and more.
Polina Shuvalova is on fire at the World Juniors 2019. After her pretty queen sacrifice at the World Youth 2019 that went pretty viral, the Russian youngster yet again sacrificed her queen, this time at the World Juniors. It has to be admitted the queen sacrifice wasn't as deep or beautiful as what we saw in Mumbai in her game against Afonasieva. Yet, to beat a player like Assaubayeva with a queen sacrifice is never easy! In the open section we have two leaders - Shtembuliak drew his game against Shant Sargsyan. This let Miguel Santos Ruiz to catch up. The Spaniard beat Praggnanandhaa in pretty fashion to join Shtembuliak at the top. A detailed report from New Delhi with pictures, analysis, videos and more.
The FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Isle of Man came to conclusion on the 21st of October and ended in a tie between Wang Hao of China and Fabiano Caruana of the USA. Both of them finished with 8.0/11 points, however it was the chinese no.3 who came out on the top in tie-breaks. Therefore, with his final round victory against David Howell, Wang Hao not only clinched the coveted spot in Candidates 2020 for himself but also became the champion of the event. It was heartbreaking to see Vishy Anand's Candidates hopes come to an abrupt end but among the other Indians, several finished on a high note. In this round-up article we bring you the highlights of the last day's happenings and an overview of all notable Indian performances.